Succasunna, New Jersey
HPU graduates are leading prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary graduate from the Class of 2022:
Name: Hannah Kennedy
Hometown: Succasunna, New Jersey
Post-graduation plans: Kennedy is a sales associate for QuaverEd in Nashville, Tennessee. In her role, she assists sales directors to promote the elementary school music curriculum, travels to conventions and ensures positive consumer experiences.
How HPU helped you get there: “The life skills I learned at HPU made the interview process so much easier. I wasn’t as intimidated because the Earl N. Phillips School of Business prepared me so well. The mentors I had throughout my four years also played a big role, specifically in networking. All it takes is one person who knows someone to get your foot in the door.”
Most impactful mentor at HPU: “My most impactful mentor at HPU is Professor Larry Quinn. Even before I came to campus as a freshman, he called me over the summer and told me he would be there to help me as a resource. He was a remarkable advisor after multiple people told me it would be extremely difficult to combine music with business. He believed in me, helped me find the best contacts to reach out to, and encouraged me not to give up on either of my passions. I loved taking his negotiations class, which helped me tremendously during job interviews, and appreciate his endless dedication to the success of HPU students!”
Most impactful moment at HPU: “I believe every corner of campus serves as a place to create extraordinary memories! Whether creating sisterhood bonds in Greek Circle, engaging in intramural sports and other activities working for HPURec, building meaningful connections with professors or making a difference in the world through music within the various ensembles I was part of, I was always moved by every person I interacted with. The inspiring environment full of caring people ensures HPU students will be positively impacted throughout their education and compelled to help others feel the same. Although, if I did have to pick, the opportunity to travel abroad with the HPU Chamber Singers was truly a life-changing experience!”
How has HPU’s inspiring environment contributed to your success? “Being surrounded by so many people with ambitious goals made me more comfortable and gave me the mentality of ‘if they can do it, why can’t I?’ I admire a lot of alumni and wanted to be that role model for future students as well. The physical environment at HPU is also a great place for hands-on learning that helped me grow as a business professional.”
What are the life skills HPU helped you develop that prepared you for long-term success? “While I never had issues performing as a character on stage or singing in a choir, HPU helped me become more comfortable with public speaking in a professional setting. Courses involving résumé building, negotiations, business plan creation and mock sales pitches were also paramount to my success in landing a job three months post-graduation. HPU prepared me for the real world before I got there, which has made me so much more comfortable.”
What are the values and virtues HPU’s campus helped you develop that you’ll take with you after graduation? “HPU’s focus on growth mindset is something I will take with me forever. Even if I feel discouraged by something, I know there is always room to grow and improve. Any failure is one step closer to success, and mistakes can be the building blocks to get there. My personal initiative is also more driven due to the incredible mentorship I received at HPU and the like-minded peers I was surrounded by for four years. I am eternally grateful for the relationships, lessons, and memories HPU has given me.”
Advice for underclassmen: “Take advantage of HPU’s resources, and don’t be afraid to chase your dreams. What I wanted to pursue is not traditional of many students, but I had professors and mentors who believed in me, which helped me reach my goals and land a job in my ideal industry within three months post-grad.”
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